It was a family outing for the Barrett family at the grand opening weekend of Roger Dunn Golf Shops’ newly relocated North Hollywood store. Emily Barrett may be only seven years old, but she already plays a mean game of mini-golf, said her dad, Andrew. At some point she might just join her father on regulation style golf courses.
Andrew Barrett was there on Saturday with his daughter Emily and her sister Charlotte, who is four. Both girls love mini-golf, but “Emily could very well be a golfer,” her father said. “Her grandmother is a golfer.”
After 31 years in its former location at Lankershim Boulevard just south of Camarillo Street, the move took the North Hollywood branch of Roger Dunn Golf Shops a bit further north on Lankershim, just beyond the North Hollywood Metro Station.
The store’s employees, customers and Mr. Dunn himself have all embraced the change. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said store manager Max Engler.
With 2,000 square feet of added floor space over the previous shop, a wider range of merchandise is available, said Mike Hasselman, another manager. A golf club department featuring advanced custom fitting software was also added. The software tracks a golfer’s swing in order to match each person with clubs that maximize his or her game.
Customer Bill Perry has been playing golf for 40 years. He used the club fitting technology to select a new driver, which gives him more distance on his game, he said. But Perry was already a fan of the store before the move.
He regularly makes the trek from Bel Air because the company’s “personnel know their product and are very friendly,” Perry said. In addition, their pricing is “the best in the business.”
Barrett and Perry were both impressed by the huge windows and the amount of light in the store. Perry has shopped at many other golf shops and said it is unusual to find a golf store with so much light.
The windows recently provided Engler with a view he’d never had at work during his 22 years with the company. He, his customers and other staff could look out and see snow on the Verdugo Hills.
Roger Dunn was a Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) player in the early 1960s, Engler said. He opened his first store in North Hollywood in 1965 and relocated to the Lankershim and Camarillo address 31 years ago. Many of the shops he started still retain his name. The company was purchased by Worldwide Golf, which has 44 stores nationally, including the Roger Dunn Shops.
Dunn is 79 and still visits the North Hollywood shop three to four times a week and gives lessons, Engler said.
The shop’s proximity to the and the means that new customers are finding it. During the grand opening weekend the store held a raffle and many of those who entered had never shopped at the old location, Hasselman said.
The store’s former locale is being revamped into a full service CVS pharmacy, which is scheduled to open late in the summer, said CVS Pharmacy Spokesperson Mike DeAngelis. Existing CVS stores in the neighborhood will not close when the new store opens, DeAngelis said.